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ERIC Number: ED120831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 17
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Lenny Bruce: A Rhetoric of Social Criticism.
Lucaites, John Louis
The premise of this paper is that a rhetorical analysis of Lenny Bruce's invective will help in understanding the cultural impact that he has had on twentieth century America. In evaluating his rhetoric in relationship to the audience to which he was preaching, both his rejection and acceptance are found to flow from the same point--an image of someone who was making a wholesale assault, as opposed to a piecemeal reformist modification, on the status quo. His rhetorical stance, the use of his life as the defining principle for freedom and morality, as well as his sacrastic and moralistic vituperation, account for his following in the youth counter-culture of the 1960's. An analysis of Bruce's rhetorical approach notes the fulfillment of the three criteria presented at the beginning of the paper: being, knowing, and doing. The language and structure that his routines took functionally evolved from knowing the needs and responses of his audience and from knowing what had to be done to satisfy that desire. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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